The 2022 NBA draft is still a day away, but trade action has already begun.
Pistons trade forward Jerami Grant to Trail Blazers for 2025 first-round pick who originally belonged to Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The two teams also trade second-round picks in Thursday’s draft, with Detroit receiving the No. 36 pick and Portland acquiring the No. 46 pick.
Grant, 28, averaged 19.2 points per game last season. He is entering the final year of a three-year deal that will earn him just under $21 million next season.
By trading Grant, the Pistons lose their salary and gain a future asset; and, perhaps more pertinently, they’re freeing up space in their frontcourt ahead of Thursday’s draft. Detroit owns the No. 5 overall selection, a product of its 23-59 record last season, but now reportedly has $43 million in cap space.
Portland, meanwhile, is acquiring a versatile 6-foot-8 forward to complement star point guard Damian Lillard without having to give up the No. 7 overall pick.